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Making the World a Better Place For All of Us

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Our Purpose

To help youth develop character through leadership skills, serving the community and being of impact to others. We strongly believe that young lives are the most valuable natural resource that we have.  If we can be of an impact to them, they can be of impact to others and our future. We work closely with elementary all the way to college age youth.   We focus in on key areas of leadership, environment, health and wellness, financial literacy, and community service. Much more than just educating, we believe in having service learning, which is in simple terms, doing the work and learning from it.  We provide opportunities for youth to serve in their communities, lead projects and come up with and implement innovative ideas to make a difference.  We help instill values, build leadership skills and mentor youth to help make their communities better.  We allow youth to be the ones who lead and are in charge of projects, and we partner alongside with them to guide and mentor them in the process.

Who We Are

Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez

Founder, Board President and Executive Director

Father, Pastor, Teacher, Youth Leader, Degree from UTEP in Business Administration
Lucy Hernandez

Lucy Hernandez

Assistant Director

Mother, High School Teacher, Youth Leader, Mentor, Degree from UTEP in English, Secondary Education
Alejandra Pineda

Alejandra Pineda

Board Treasurer and Administrator

High School Teacher, Youth Leader, Mentor, Degrees from Liberty University and UTEP (Masters) in Science, Biology
Gloria Garcia

Gloria Garcia

Marketing Manager and Executive Administrator

Mother, Business Owner, Mentor, Social Media Expert, Volunteer, Degree from NMSU in Business Management, HR

With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place

We want to help youth become leaders by having them lead this wonderful monthly effort of serving their community through our food pantries.

Our Mission & Vision

To impact youth so they can continue impacting others through education, service learning, and leadership building.

MottoImpacting youth so they can impact others!

Dollars Raised

Thank you to those that have donated either in cash donations or in-kind donations.


We couldn’t do the work we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!


We also appreciate those that have contributed either through donations, sponsorships or partnering with us.

Families Served

Every month we serve over 100 families and continue to rise.

Your Donations Make a HUGE Impact

A Letter from the Board

Youth Impact was founded in 2015 as a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable organization in order to help those in need within the El Paso communities. We are a volunteer and community supported non-profit and have served over 5,000 families during these years. We have provided over 9,000 pounds of food throughout the years we’ve been doing this outreach and intend to help many more. Our desire is to have this pantry led by our most valuable natural resource: OUR YOUTH!

We are people from the community, business people, educators, and family oriented people who desire to see youth become leaders and serve within their communities. We want our youth to serve in communities and make an impact in their lives through experiential learning in Leadership, Community Service, Ecological Projects and Learning Initiatives. What better way than to have them serve their community by volunteering in our monthly Food Pantry and other initiatives.

About 19.0% of families and 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.8% of those under the age of 18 years old, according to the 2015 US Census. These statistics show the significant need our area residents and children experience on a daily basis. We have designed this program to resolve the issues of poverty and hunger long term, through our monthly food pantries which is an effort we want to instill in our youth.

We would hope to accomplish raising youth that will better integrate into the national and global economy raising themselves and their families out of poverty. It’s a proactive effort to instill in our youth the important core values of being caring, honest, diligent, fair, fortitude, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others. By collaborating with a broad range of constituents, including the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank among other community groups, Youth Impact will be constantly sharing our mission to those that participate in our monthly Food Pantry. Thank you for supporting our mission and we hope to see you on our monthly pantries as a volunteer!

Cesar Hernandez
Cesar Hernandez

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